Posted by Bridget Reed

Guest Bathroom Ideas: 8 Welcoming Ideas

5 min read

Having guests over can be exciting but sometimes a tad stressful. Anybody you invite into your home is probably somebody you care about quite a bit; it’s normal to want their thumbs-up of approval. 

After all, everybody has individual quirks and preferences when it comes to their home — and you want your guests to be comfortable in your space. Even if a guest isn’t staying long term but rather a friend coming over for dinner, we want the guest bathroom to live up to the beauty of the rest of our homes.

While the guest bathroom may not be the first thing you think of when readying your home for guests (long-term or short), it totally matters. Just think about how seriously a dirty or dingy hotel bathroom impacts your opinion of the hotel! On the other hand, a sparkling bathroom leaves us feeling fresh and refreshed. 

So let’s talk about eight easy, welcoming ideas to be sure that your guest bathroom is ready for whoever stops by:

1. Keep Things Light

Lighting can make or break your home decor and even affect your mood. To make your guest bathroom feel especially welcoming, try and make the space as bright and airy as possible. 

Natural light is king on this front, but if you have limited natural light (or no natural light) in your guest bathroom, think about ways to mimic it. Mirrors, transparent shower curtains, a bright and airy color scheme — all of these decor pieces can help make your guest bathroom feel bright.

On the flip side, think about the tone of your lightbulbs in the room. A bright and welcoming guest bathroom during the day can easily seem industrial and uncomfortable in the evening if all of the light comes from above and uses harsh, white bulbs. Stick to warmer-hued light bulbs and lighting that comes from the side so as to avoid unflattering shadows.

2. Invest in High-Quality Linens

If there’s one part of your guest bathroom you should go to town on, it’s the linens. Much like having the right sheet set for your guest bedroom can make a huge difference to your guest’s comfort, using the right towel set is the difference between a chintzy motel and a five-star stay.

Our Miracle Made Towel Set has everything you need to make your guests feel right at home. These ultra-plush towels are made from premium cotton, so you know they’re soft, cushy, and luxurious. They’re also infused with antibacterial silver, which can help prevent up to 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria, so your guests will feel fresh and pampered throughout their entire stay.

3. Provide Easy Storage

No matter how long you’re staying in somebody else’s home, there’s nothing that can sour a stay more than having to keep all of your things in your suitcase or in inconvenient piles you have to keep shuffling around. 

Ensuring that your guests have enough counter space and even offering them hooks or racks so that they can hang their clothes (or just so they have a place to dry their towels!) can go a long way toward making them feel at home. Whether you add an extra shelf for your guest’s things or make space in the medicine cabinet for them, make room for your guests.

This brings us to our next point:

4. Remove Any Clutter

This is part of making space for your guests and providing them storage, but it’s important in its own right, too. While you may want to offer your guests different amenities and products to use throughout their stay (more on that in the next section), these amenities shouldn’t be scattered all over the place.

In general, keeping your living spaces free from clutter is good for your mental health and well-being. Create that same environment for your guests! Keep surfaces tidy and clear for your guests’ peace of mind.

5. Offer Extra Essentials

The devil is in the details — or in this case, the key to a welcoming guest bathroom. Rather than relying on your guests to bring their own basic cosmetics and hygiene products, having some options on hand can make guests feel extra welcome in the space. It makes people feel like you’ve anticipated their needs and like you’re looking after them, even in this small, easy way.

Stock your shower with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Provide some hand lotion, face wash, toothpaste, and other small necessities. You might also want to include some more indulgent items, like our Miracle Shower Steamers. Your guests will be able to reap the benefits of aromatherapy in minutes, making their stay one that they’ll never forget. 

Whether you go for luxury products or just something simple and serviceable, it’s a super welcoming and personal touch.

6. Stock Up

In addition to providing the extras that your guests may need, double-check you’re well-stocked on all the basics. There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of toilet paper in a friend’s house and not knowing what to do — so be sure your guests have a fresh roll, and extra easily accessible in case they run out. Provide extra towels, and restock your hand soap.

When you’re staying in someone’s house, it can feel awkward to ask them for things since it already feels like they’re doing you a favor. So making sure your guests have everything they need from the get-go can make their stay that much more comfortable and stress-free.

7. Keep It Clean

This should really be number one on our list because it’s non-negotiable! Even a guest bathroom that only has the bare essentials is pleasant to use if it’s perfectly clean. If your guest bathroom doesn’t get much use unless you have guests, be sure to give it a once over and a good dusting so that it feels fresh and welcoming.

The cleaning applies to linens, as well. Like blankets, you should wash your towels often, and even if they’ve been hanging in a disused guest bathroom for a few weeks, they can get a bit musty. 

8. Have Some Fun!

Once you’ve covered all the bases, all that’s left is to have some fun! Like the rest of your house, the style of your home is deeply personal to you. It should reflect your personality and tastes, as well as be functional. Don’t skimp on decorating your guest bathroom just because it’s not a place you’re likely to spend much time.

Add some personalized art. Stock up on unique magazines and reading materials to have within arm’s reach when needed. Consider a wallpaper in a bold, unusual pattern. Look for a bath mat with a cheeky phrase on it that’ll make your guests smile when they step out of the shower.

Pick a scent for the hand soap that brings particular joy to you. Finding a signature scent in general and spritzing it around the room or diffusing it with a candle or oil diffuser before your guests arrive can give off spa vibes before your guests can even take stock of all of the other little touches you’ve added.

In Conclusion

Armed with these eight simple ideas to help perk up your guest bathroom and ensure the most comfortable stay possible, you won’t have to worry about your guests at all. You’ll just have to worry about convincing them to finally leave.


Researchers Discover Brain Pathway That Helps to Explain Light’s Effect on Mood | Brown University

Antibacterial Silver | National Library of Medicine

How Decluttering Your Space Could Make You Healthier and Happier | Mayo Clinic

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